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Cop Killer Mumia Sues Over Pennsylvania Law That Could Silence Him

November 10, 2014  | 

Convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal is seeking to overturn a new Pennsylvania law that allows violent crime victims to sue offenders whose speech continues to cause them "mental anguish."

In a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Harrisburg, Abu-Jamal's lawyers said the measure - signed in October - violates the First Amendment rights of prisoners and was specifically targeted to silence him.

"This law is clearly unconstitutional," Bret Grote, legal director of the Pittsburgh-based Abolitionist Law Center told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "The Pennsylvania Legislature and Gov. Corbett wanted to use Mumia Abu-Jamal to score political points and passed a law that can't pass constitutional muster."

The law clears the way for crime victims to sue an offender whose conduct "perpetuates the continuing effect of the crime on the victim." It also gives local district attorneys and the state attorney general grounds to seek an injunction against a prisoner preventing such speech.

Abu-Jamal, who is serving a life sentence for murdering Officer Daniel Faulkner of the Philadelphia Police Department, was joined in his lawsuit Monday by two other Philadelphia-area inmates convicted of murder as well as two nonprofit organizations that have long backed his cause. It names Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane and Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams as defendants.

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Sheriff Rob Coon @ 11/10/2014 2:49 PM

This guy has no rights, he is a convicted cop killer. He lost all his rights the night he killed our brother.

Chief @ 11/10/2014 3:19 PM

Agreed. He has no right to vote, no 4th Amendment rights, he SHOULD NOT have any 8th Amendment rights, he sure as HELL should not have the right to ANY kind of speech.

Pup @ 11/10/2014 4:06 PM

Don't count on the case being rejected. You say these AH's don't have rights, think again. Our country is allowing criminals more freedom and rights then the victims, law biding citizens and LE have put together. It's sad to see the country (CA) is voting and allowing hard core drug users and burglars to be arrested on only a misdemeanor charge instead of a felony. The laws will soon creep across the country, just like they have in NYC. Don't laugh, but I bet murder will soon be a misdemeanor. All we can do is be safe and serve the law biding citizens. Be safe!!

Dave MI @ 11/11/2014 6:51 AM

Boo Hoo for Mumia Abu-Jamal. That POS can rot and never see the light of day again for all I care. I am not sympathetic to him or his cause. I am sympathetic to his victim, victim's family, friends and brothers and sisters in blue.

S.S. @ 11/11/2014 7:48 AM

Plsain and simple that sack of shit lost his rights. That's why he's in prison. DUH! As long as you have those low life attorneys who work for the aclu then shit like this is gonna happen. The courts are too stupid to realize it though. So they waste thousands of tax dolloars reviewing the case. TO THE COURTS: HE IS IN PRISON HE HAS NO RIGHTS!!!! This asshole continues to torture our brother's family with the b.s. that he spews. Do you all even give a shit about that? For God's sake do the right thing!!! Shut this m.f. up!!!

Bill @ 11/11/2014 10:41 AM

In Texas, they would have put this animal down. I'm really surprised this man hasn't had an 'accident', yet.

Mike @ 11/12/2014 11:24 AM

I agree that murderes should be punished. And I think that if we are to have a safe society than the same punishment should apply to the police as well. The fact is more people are killed, assaulted and abused by police than the other way around. If Mumia Abu Jamal should rot in prison, than so should Darren Wilson who killed Mike brown in Furgeson Missouri.

Jon Ryder @ 11/12/2014 1:07 PM

For all the brilliant scholars who have posted on this, Cop killer????? Grow a head and discover the facts. He was railroaded and is a political prisoner! Mumia killed no one and was wrongly convicted. Amazing how you think you are free and the person who is standing up for your rights (Mumia) you do not understand because of ignorance and slanted media like this!

Honor Guard @ 11/13/2014 8:28 PM

I think part of the problem is we have a Criminal Justice System instead of a Victim Justice System.

Mac @ 11/14/2014 6:54 AM

Mr. Ryder: please explain how it was that after the shooting, which was witnessed by several other people, Mumia was later found wounded by a bullet fired from Officer Faulkner's gun and with the gun used to kill Officer Faulkner laying on the ground next to him. Not one but two different juries found him guilty on the evidence.

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